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Old 11-03-2012, 03:02 PM
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Hi everyone, i am new here I'm Jillian, I'm soon to be 17 on thanksgiving day. I have experience with large parrots, from age 12-15 i worked at a parrot rescue rehab clinic. I'm ready to actually own my own parrot, the reason being is because they help me with my problems- i have a medical condition known as dysautonomia and whenever I'm with the birds i feel so happy and i don't even worry about my health when I'm with them. That's how i am with animals, i guess you could say animals are like therapy to me I am home-schooled so i do have enough time to spend with him/her, but I'm worried who would take care of him/her when I'm at the hospital that's the only problem. My mom won't go near a bird ever since she seen one bite me- It wasn't the birds fault, his old owners did so many horrible things to him so he didn't trust anybody and when i went to clean out his cage at the rescue he ended up biting me in my back pretty deep. I don't blame him though, he was just scared and didn't know better. My mom did say i could get one but i would be the one taking full care for him/her, i have no problem with that at all. I could always have my friend come over to watch him/her when I'm in the hospital so that could work. I have enough money saved up for a good quality large cage and supplies the only thing i need to save more money up for is toys. Vet cost is free since my aunt is a vet, so i don't have to worry about affording any medical cost. I love blue and gold macaws, and also cockatoos. I know cockatoos scream, but i don't mind that since i live in the country i have no neighbors who would complain. I'm not sure which would be best for me, i love them both! What would be your choice between the two?
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:10 PM
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Re: Macaws or Cockatoos

What are your future plans? Are you planning to attend college away from home?
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:11 PM
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I'll have to attend a online college because of my medical problems
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Re: Macaws or Cockatoos

Hi Jillian, and welcome to the Forum.

I'm VERY sorry to hear about your dysautonomia. That must be quite difficult for you and your family.

When you said your mom is afraid of birds, and couldn't possibly help you out with him/her, does this mean you would want to keep your bird in your room? And if so, how long do your hospital treatments last? Days, weeks?

Both cockatoos AND macaws are rather high maintenance parrots, who need a whole lot of attention and care. Additionally, they are highly sociable animals (as are all parrots), so leaving them alone for prolonged period of times is really not in their best interest.

I do NOT mean to sound discouraging, I'm just trying to find out some more information here so that we can advise appropriately and wisely
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:38 PM
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My mom doesn't mind if the bird is in the living room, she just doesn't want to be too close to him/her - i think once she gets comfortable with the bird then maybe she will slowly start getting closer to him/her, she's just scared of being bit. My hospital stays really depend - but normally my treatments are for 2 days once a week or sometimes every other week. I get most of my treatments at home through a at home nurse who comes to my home with everything i need so i won't need to go to the hospital every time for treatment but during the treatments at home i could still take care of him/her i just need to be careful that he/she doesn't get close to my PICC line. I was thinking when i get treatments at the hospital i could pay my friend to "parrot-sit" for me while I'm gone, she has a cockatiel and lovebirds but I'm sure she will do fine with a larger parrot. Do you think a cockatiel would be better for me?
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Re: Macaws or Cockatoos

What bird do you think your mother can accept/handle?
Perhaps a smaller parrot? To involve you mother I think will be the best.
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Re: Macaws or Cockatoos

If your heart is set on either a Mac or a 'too, how about you AND your mom look into getting a youngster/baby (just weaned). Your mother might be afraid and hesitant right now, but once she sees how sweet a baby Mac can be, she may actually overcome her fear

I'm going to be honest, I'm not all that familiar with your unfortunate illness, but I do know it has to do with immune system. Do you think a Cockatoo, with all the feather dust, would be a good idea?

Are there places near you that sell baby birds? Perhaps if you and mom go together, like I said before, she may actually instantly fall head over heels in love - you never know. And I'm sure you know the saying: Let the birdy pick you.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:28 PM
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Re: Macaws or Cockatoos

I haven't notice any problems being around cockatoos, but then again I've never been around them long enough for their dust to actually affect me (mainly handled Amazons,Macaws,African Grey's in the rescue) maybe a cockatoo isn't for me then. There is a bird breeder who has his own store a few cities away from me, I'll talk my mom into going their so she can work on getting used to them. Thanks for the advice! I'll let everyone know how it goes
Eloy- My mom can handle any bird that is not close to her, if it gets close she will start getting very nervous - hopefully i can get her used to them though! (:
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:55 PM
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Re: Macaws or Cockatoos

You mentioned a cockatiel-- I think that is a great idea to pursue!
I agree that a cockatoo would likely be a problem with the dust and allergens.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:07 PM
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Re: Macaws or Cockatoos

personally I think a conure would be a perfect match... they are great little non-intimidating birds and are very friendly and cuddly. They are also not going to scream the place down if you are away for a couple of days.
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